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Mattel thinks again about AI babysitter

Mattel has decided against releasing its AI-powered “babysitter” following concerns over privacy and other implications. Campaigners said artificial intelligence should not be used in place of real parenting, even if only briefly. The toy company announced the device in January and said it would sing lullabies and tell bedtime stories. Mattel said the device was no longer part of its strategy. At ...

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Row over AI that ‘identifies gay faces’

A facial recognition experiment that claims to be able to distinguish between gay and heterosexual people has sparked a row between its creators and two leading LGBT rights groups. The Stanford University study claims its software recognises facial features relating to sexual orientation that are not perceived by human observers. The work has been accused of being “dangerous” and “junk ...

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The ‘creepy Facebook AI’ story that captivated the media

The newspapers have a scoop today – it seems that artificial intelligence (AI) could be out to get us. “‘Robot intelligence is dangerous’: Expert’s warning after Facebook AI ‘develop their own language'”, says the Mirror. Similar stories have appeared in the Sun, the Independent, the Telegraph and in other online publications. It sounds like something from a science fiction film – ...

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Ford pledges $1bn for AI start-up

Car giant Ford has announced that it is investing $1bn (£800m) over the next five years in artificial intelligence (AI) company Argo. The firms will collaborate on developing a virtual driver system for driverless cars. Ford intends to have an autonomous vehicle ready to launch in 2021. Argo was founded by CEO Brian Salesky and chief operating officer Peter Rander, ...

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Google, Facebook, Amazon join forces on future of AI

The world’s biggest technology companies are joining forces to consider the future of artificial intelligence. Amazon, Google’s DeepMind, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft will work together on issues such as privacy, safety and the collaboration between people and AI. Dubbed the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, it will include external experts. One said he hoped the group would address “legitimate concerns”. “We’ve ...

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PPP announces dates for election of regional executives

The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has announced the dates for the election of its regional executives and has opened nominations for the various positions. According to a statement signed by the party’s National Secretary, Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, the elections in the Central, Eastern, Upper East, Brong Ahafo and Volta regions will be held at party conferences between the 27th of September ...

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Keep old MPs to increase efficiency – Minority leader

Minority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has bemoaned the practice of replacing sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) every four years. He said the practice only serves to weaken Parliament as an institution. “On the average, the longer a person stays in Parliament, the better he is for the institution of Parliament and for the advancement of good democratic governance,” he ...

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National Economic Forum is a facade – PPP

The General Secretary of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Kofi Asamoah-Siaw has described government’s intentions to hold a National Economic Forum as a facade. Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr Asamoah-Siaw opined that the forum was geared towards promoting governmental policies to its own advantage. “This is an attempt by government to manage a certain process for some kind of endorsement of ...

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